Working from home has become the norm as corona infections continue to increase in the Netherlands. As a result, it is also more often a part of discussions in collective bargaining. For example, the 40,000 employees in Dutch call centers will soon receive at least € 25 per month if they work full-time from home.
“At the moment every call center has its own scheme,” says FNV director Elly Heemskerk. “In any case, all call center employees receive a fee.” According to Heemskerk, some smaller call centers have canceled their offices to save money.
But the employer has to offer a good place to work, even if people work from home. These are people who earn a little more than the minimum wage and often do not have a good job at home. “FNV points out that poor work posture can lead to physical complaints.
It was announced on Monday that water agency workers are receiving a budget from home. That is 3 euros per working day that is worked entirely from home. Each employee will receive an amount of 250 euros in 2020. In addition, a budget of 600 euros per person is available for the purchase of an office chair, for example, so that workplaces from home can also comply with the Working Conditions Act.
Previously, the new collective agreement for civil servants included a home work allowance. These employees receive remuneration of 363 euros for working from home.
There is also talk of working from home for banks and insurers. For example, the issue is also on the table in collective bargaining with ING. “Some companies already have a program,” says FNV director Gerard van Hees. A number of companies have already converted the travel allowance into home work allowance. “At the CZ insurance company, for example, everyone receives 50 euros a month,” says Van Hees.
Employers save costs when employees do not come to the office. This means that they have to spend less on travel expenses, cleaning costs and electricity. The National Institute for Household Information (Nibud) previously calculated that working from home costs an employee an average of 2 euros per day.
This concerns expenses for the additional consumption of electricity, water and gas. But nibud also included cups of coffee, toilet paper, and the debit on the desk and chair.